The Dead Live at Madison Square Garden on 2009-04-25
Madison Square Garden
New York, New York
April 25, 2009
Source: JW Mod Akg469's>Lunatec V2>Sound Devices 722@24/48
Location: OTS, Stand at 12 feet
Transfer: SD722>Adobe Aud.>16/44>cdwav>flac16
Taped, transfered and uploaded by Tony Suraci
Disc One/Set One:
Ship of Fools
Disc Two/Set Two:
- end of set one
The Other One
Born Cross Eyed
Disc Three/Set Two Cont:
Uncle John's Band
One More Saturday Night
E: Brokedown Palace
Disc 2 runs over 80 minutes. Please move the 11 to disc 3. Sorry but I don't burn 16 bit cd's anymore and I did not pick up on this. First mistake of this type in 100's of uploads. 24 bit will be up soon.
Subject: Great Dead ShOw
Set 1 is solid, some lengthy jams that really serve as a warmup for set 2, which has some amazing moments by any gd standard. Love the shuffle Warren seemed to have arranged on Ship of Fools.
Set 2 - Check the drums > space > cryptical opener, the latter led vocally by Phil in the fashion he used to revive Whats Become of the Baby....mysterious, beautiful....St. Stephen is the big centerpiece of the set, but its all wonderfully handled.
Highly recommended. A beauitful recording, too...
Subject: Taping for eternity...
Glad to hear the our taper descendants are still carrying the torch,(and mikes, media, batteries).
When Judy and I realized how much MAGIC was going down every night, only to evaporate as our ears stopped ringing, we made the decision to record these otherworldly experiences as best we could.
So we began at the end of the 60s and caught what we could for posterity, never dreaming of the web and all the people that would end up listening to our work for, well, forever, I hope. As long as we don't totally screw up the planet.
We're still out there, going to shows and keeping the light glowing. "Unable to walk, I will crawl, crawl, crawl..." Well, with a broken back, I'm not shaking my bones the way I could, but I'm still smiling.
This is the show we missed. Couldn't get tix, wound up going to the mainland to catch the band at the Meadowlands, that's another story.
What you should do is go to the site, start the music and read the reviews (FROM THE BOTTOM UP!). Listen on headphones, if you can't send the audio signal into some real speakers and amps (and if you can't do that, you should rethink your options) as the boys do it one more time. Hear 20,000 people singing every word of every song, respectfully and joyfully.
He's gone is sad and joyful at the same time...
Damn shows been giving me goosebumps over and over. It's nice to know these transcendent experiences are still going on. Anyone who's seen the band will know what I mean. If ya haven't, you can still listen to the echoes on sites like these. As the listener wrote:
"wow i just had a magic moment...first set is astounding...cant even speak about it...but the real magic is in the second set!!! HOLY HEADS!!! unbelievable....amazing....absolute....
so this is what the message in 97% of our non-code making DNA is saying...."LISTEN TO THE DEAD"
Really hope the magic touches you, too. Oh yeah, and a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Years to you and yours.
I don't know if it's my ears or the show, I'm into my 7th decade and the guitars maybe could be a little brighter. They're not making my ears bleed as much as they used to.
Subject: Rock my soul
Subject: New ones come as the old ones go
Subject: still lovin this show
Subject: SO MUCH FUN
Subject: a great show
Subject: Jerry smiles down on these guys
I've now listened to a handful, and I gotta say....they're doing Jerry proud. He's got a huge smile on his face as he looks down on them while smoking that big heavenly reefer.
Subject: Still goin' on...
I can’t wait to jump into the flow at the Chicago shows, looking forward to Shakedown all these years later for a current snapshot of the community, and am so enjoying all the shows I’ve heard. My first show was 7-8-70 and from what I’m hearing now the music is helping to create an atmosphere that seems both familiar and strange at the same time, an atmosphere most of us are looking for, and I feel it makes for truly enjoyable listening and dancing pleasure. Bobby & Mickey once referred to their music as finding “lost art”, something they worked towards and then hit upon “for seconds at a time”. I truly hope those of us looking for that something special can find it here, I know I can, cause the circus won’t be in town forever. So for those who need encouragement to live & listen in the 21st century please look for the goodness, because once in a while you get shown the light…
Subject: Jeff C and Warren H are a great addition to the core four!
Also most people dont say much about Jeff C. on the keys. He is a workhorse playing countless notes with respect to Brent M.
In fact most peoplr dont know, but his birthday is the same as Brents and He is also using Brents B-3 organ on this tour. These guys both rock.
Thanks to The Dead for touring this spring.
We love you all. Fan since the 70's - 1st show philly spectrum 1981....
Subject: The Garden shook like it should have.
Subject: GREAT SETLIST AND HILARIOUS BD PALACE
They were both shite singers and a hilarious christmas album of crap cover versions would be worth a laugh.
Subject: ughh Bobby
stick to your Barlow stuff and your Hunter material until you can learn to sing again. itd be nice to hear you harmonize w warren and phil instead of your bs phrasing. and have a little fun up there for a change. take a cue from Lesh, who looks like he actually enjoys being up there playing for us...
more bass lesh philling
Subject: Still fun after all these years
Subject: hey now,,, with a smile
Subject: Best of the tour so far
Subject: This show is an exception...but!
Subject: Who Are These Guys?
But now comes this. I have to say honestly, who are these guys?!? They sound like they practiced, they play like they care, and while Phil's voice, as they say, is what it is, his bass playing is especially sweet, solid, inventive, and definitely not old and tired. That $10,000 blue light special hootchie-koo bass he's playing must have inspired him to throw down lately. The Internet Archive is an amazing thing, BTW. Thanks to the efforts of tapers, in particular Tony Suraci who captured this gem in sparkling aud quality, I can hear what I'm missing and dance like back in the day. Full disclosure: I listened to some of the Wilkes-Barre show and it's not nearly so impressive both in setlist and energy level. This New York show is the work of a band with something to prove, and it's a thing of American beauty.
Subject: Great show
Subject: Mr. James T. Kirk On Vocals
Bobby is in full-blown William Shattner mode during Brokedown Palace. Warren's portion is great, but it would be nice if Bobby would just sing it, and no go all Ratdoggish on it.
I guess no one feels like telling him that he is not the star of a Priceline.com commercial.
Otherwise it's a beauty of a show...
Subject: The 300 section was shaking hard during shakedown
I had been to Albany and Wilkes-Barre and loved one and hated the other but SOMETHING DREW ME TO THIS SHOW I cant explain it, like Richard Dreyfus in Close Encounters, I had to be there. Here are just a few observations:
* Ntg better than being a subway ride away from a really hot show. It took me 20 mins to get there, and got a cab on the way out no problem.
* The day was by far the nicest of 2009 so far, beautiful in high 80's with everyone in the bars packed to the gills, most of which were playing the dead on stereos. I have to hand it to these guys they know how to throw out a welcome mat.
* I did not see any tickets at all (1 scalper) - They could have put another 15,000 people in there easily. No one was dancing in the halls as they did not want to miss the music.
* This was not just ANY show, it was one of the best I have seen by anyone, having seen close to 100 shows. The place was crackling like huge jumper cables and was as rowdy as a dropkick murphys show.
* I have never heard a crowd that loud sing EVERY SONG. You can hear it, when you sit close to the stage you cannot hear it as I would discover. These guys came to play and everyone knew it. Absolutely exceptional work.
* Oddly enough the cops and security were pretty tough here and I live in NYC they are usually pretty chill. I guess no one was expecting the area between 7th and 8th 31st to 34th to be just swarming with every stoner and his brother looking to cop something.
* The next day the phone was ringing with 'what the f did we just see?' people were absolutely slack-jawed at the awesome intensity of this whopper. Seriously this was the real deal.
* We all kept waiting for a second set let down song, Corinna or something to throw the wrench in the works but 'twas not to be. They kept slamming that crowd with a succession of monsters from cryptical on.
* Start Set II with drums space? Absolutely inspired and they should do this every show verry eerie Cryptical>Smoking other one.
What else can I say enjoy this, tks to the kind tapers and believe everything you read. I am writing this with some perspective after both Izod shows both of which were monsters as well.
Subject: dead night KPFA KFCF
Subject: Don't know bout you guys...but I had a blast!!!
Second...the weather was phenomenal out...the vibe was great...the scene...well that was a little weak IMHO. Since I've been going to shows (87) MSG had a sick scene outside...maybe it is bc I am coming close to the age of 40...but the pre-game was quite a bit of work for us. Regardless...still had a good time.
Finally...I thought the sound inside was great as always...the lighting was very hot (love the Stealie above the stage!)and I felt they played excellent. Definitely got my $99.50 worth. I think Warren does an excellent job and it was really cool to hear him on Gimme Shelter.
NJ is next for me and then to see them at the Spectrum for the last time EVER...
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Subject: Didn't think they'd outdo themselves
Subject: who burns cd's anyway?
--- miss you jerry g. *every day* ---
Subject: Don't blame the taper folks...
Everyone on here needs to get "Nero Burning Rom" software and then go to "FILE" --> "OPTIONS" Then click on the "EXPERT FEATURES" tab of the dialog box. Select "Enbable overburning". Then, you can adjust the maximum overburn time you can put on a disc up to 84 minutes maximum, and VOILA. You can use a regular 80 minute CD for this.
Don't come on here and berate the show with 2 stars, when you did not even attend.
Don't scorn the taper because of your own technical incompetence, either.
Taper man, don't be so hard on yourself, you have done a great job, and a great service to all of the heads!
If you need more assistance, e-mail me and i'll help you get this show onto disc, no problem.
peace, and enjoy the Dead while you can
Subject: just incredible...
so this is what the message in 97% of our non-code making DNA is saying...."LISTEN TO THE DEAD"
I still call a Shakedown opener in Denver...
St. Stephen was the high point for me. Sugaree was incredible. Gimmie shelter was a great surprise.
I'll listen to this one over and over.. i'll probably buy the soundboard.
Subject: Plus ca change
However, having been @MSG and listened to the tapes, I have to say that the first set until Sugaree is kinda rudderless. China Cat and Cassidy are both missing that point where the hyperdrive button is hit, the band shifts gears, and the whole place takes off for the stars and you know you're in the cosmos the rest of the night. Cassidy, in particular, drifts along and Warren never really takes off. Compare the previous night, where the Jack Straw opener just soars, and we all soared with it.
The original boys are four wild horseman of a rhythm section, and sometimes you need someone to take the reins. Warren is not positioned to play that role, for whatever reason. As someone noted, he and Bobby are interlocking more as twin guitars.
Now, a friend and I compared notes, and he thought the first 3 songs was the best opener ever - done! - and he could die happy. So, that magic of wide open interpretation, one man gathering etc, is still there.
Regardless, we all agreed that Sugaree - right in Warren's bluesy wheelhouse - was rockin'. And then, the second set was simply fuckin' nuts and just took off into the weird. Cryptical was spooky, UJB/ Unbroken sweet as a summer wine, and then Gimme Shelter just exploded, and MSG was bouncing as hard as i've ever seen it.
Must have been the water backstage. And then walking outside in that gentle, warm NYC night, with the crowd aglow with not-so-secret smiles - oh, it was all there, people, just like we left it. Just a little different, and I miss Jerry, but it's there if you want it.
btw: great sounding mix, too!
Subject: I'm digg'n it...
Subject: Top notch recording!
To solve the disc length problem, just end disc 2 with Born Cross-Eyed and start disc 3 with St.Stephen.
Subject: just an echo
the enegery levle does not always cross over on tape, but on this recording it does in spades.
outstanding recording, top shelf show...thankyou to all involved
Subject: attendee of 83 st stephen show
lost a lil bit of interest after brent died, i was mad at the band for letting that happen, not understanding fully what i now know about addiction and pressures of touring, life etc, anyways thought this was a solid show, gimme shelter being the most rocking the other old songs, most of which from 1970 or earlier we would have killed for in the 80's, that said other hilights i would say was the china cat shakedown which i must say i called as well as the obvious st stephen i 1st saw and last saw in 1983 the 3rd to last time the dead EVER played it, couple nights later in hartford and last time halloween later that month (which by the way is an UNBELIVABLE show if any of u have not heard, estimated has to be 1 of best ever, as well as the tripy space w/airto i belive and/or hamza el din) anyways , the pre 70's songs were strong as most of them r on this tour ie till the morning comes as well, i beleieve these songs r a lil more involved and jerry (and maybe the rest of the band even) might have stayed away for this reason, but phil and bob AND the drummers r reallly playing superb, warren is not jerry nor is he tring to be which is cool and jeff is very cool, all in all fine time!
Subject: Crazy Fantastic Tour !
Why waste all that plastic.
I suggest to - "Go green" and get an mp3 or wav player. Some can hold over 100+ 3 disc shows.
This show rocks!
Either way, Thanks to The Dead for giving us some much needed fresh live tunes and to the tapers and archive for getting it to us all so fast.
Crazy Fantastic Tour !
Subject: Hey Tony
Subject: trouble burning?
thanks for the downloads! when I tried to burn disc two it told me I was 1 minute 42 seconds too long?
I had to cut drums and space and I couldn't part with any of the other tunes.
thanks for the shows, tapers!
Subject: I'll meet you at the MSG
Despite the nay-saying that Warren's-no-Jerry, I luckily caught a few shows on this tour and they seem to be self-consciously working on a group sound that doesn't rely on Warren's leads to carry every song. Sure, he shreds when he wants to (like the end of Sugaree) but he generally works on guitar support to let the rest of the band do cool stuff (check out that Mr. Charley, for ex., at Wilkes Barre--still gives me chills). It's not the guitar virtuouso approach like Jerry-era Dead, but wow, what color and enthusiasm and creativity. I love this stuff and they seem to be getting better every night.
And thanks Mr. Suraci--great recording, as usual.
Subject: MY FIRST SHOW!!! AND WOW!!!
Peace Love and Light to all!
Subject: can't stop smiling!
IMHO, Bill and Mickey would get joint MVP if one were pressed to make such a call. They were inspired all night. They seemed to provide the band with the sure-footing it needed to jam and explore. And there was some exploring going on -- i.e. 10+ minutes for almost every 1st set song -- but it felt purposeful, like the band was committed to developing THESE songs with THESE members.
And holy sh*t can Warren sing! Whatever melody may have been lacking from his guitar at points was compensated for by his gospel-like singing, especially on Sugaree and He's Gone. I teared up for the whole 2nd half of He's Gone... MSG was filled with sad sweetness.
Being too young to have seen the Grateful Dead, I feel like tonight I got the genuine experience that history and circumstance otherwise would have robbed me of. Hope it's the first of many.
Oh, and keep singin' Phil!
Subject: IN & OUT OF THE GARDEN
Anyone that visited the restrooms during the show can tell ya; the place was rockin' (literally! One could feel the floor swaying under thousands of dancing feet. Even Phil commented on it and was inspired by it for the choice of encore.)
If COSMIC CHARLIE wasn't enough of a portender for the night, opening the 2nd set with DRUMS should have made it obvious that we were in for quite a ride.
When Jerry was alive in this plane, there were alotta nay-sayers always complaining that "The Dead were better in the 60's." Now, we hear "It's not the same w/o Jerry." I agree, we collectively lost someone very important and no one could ever fill that void.
Tonight's 2nd set should have pleased the former nay-sayers. It was straight out of the early Grateful Dead setlists. Out of an all too-short DRUMS, we were treated to CRYPTICAL ENVELOPMENT > THE OTHER ONE > BORN CROSS-EYED >ST. STEPHEN > THE ELEVEN > UNCLE JOHN'S BAND > UNBROKEN CHAIN >GIMME SHELTER. ONE MORE SATURDAY NIGHT. I'm sure many Heads, like myself, were hoping for that St Stephen, as soon as Garden tickets landed in my hands. But who expected it to be gift-wrapped in such a retro-set. Repeats from Albany, last week: The Other One and Unbroken chain were played better tonight, as was Sugaree. I've never heard an UJB I didn't like (even Jimmy Buffett & Indigo Girls' covers). It's our anthem and my heartbeat. Tonight's version was no disappointment, with the fellas giving it back that old 70's flavor. And to hear Warren rip out my favorite Stones' tune was reminiscent of the first time I saw Bobby play Satisfaction in Hampton. Is there nothing these guys can't pull off?
Phil added some comments to his his DONOR RAP regarding the magyck of Madison Square Garden and NYC before we were serenaded with a BROKEDOWN PALACE encore. I thought they'd save that tune for The soon-to-be-demolished Spectrum next week, maybe we'll here it again.
I walked out of The Garden & into the city streets with a thought that is gonna bring me alotta criticism and probably cost me some friends: Tonight's show was better than SOME of the early 90's shows I went to. Let's be honest, kids... Those last few years were not good ones for Jerry. Even with the tele-prompters, he still got lost, forgot lyrics. The last time I saw him alive (The Knick '95), he did not look well. I love Jerry as much as the next Head (probably more). Even I can admit, his addictions got the better of him. Like so many other music icons, we lost our dear leader to the evils of society. Jerry just fought back harder & longer than the others were able to. "The trouble with you is the trouble with me, ya got 2 good eyes, but ya still don't see." (*sob*)
Subject: kudos to Tony Suraci
Subject: Yippeee Doooo Daaa Day
Subject: This show owns it!
Rob is more prominent in the mix here, as well, which is nice, since he brings lot to the table. His solo in Sugaree is nice.
Subject: Getting better every day!
Beginning to sound like a band capable of going out and doing some consistent touring. They are playing with originality, good ears, and lots of soul. Recreating the songs for the new band format is likewise a great move. Good music as far as I can tell.
Secondly -- IMHO this was one of the best Dead shows I have ever seen, with or without Jerry, since 1990. Certainly the best show at the Garden since '91.
Thirdly -- it's a shame I can't do the whole tour!
Subject: oh wow!!! this MSG show was GREAT!
Subject: Happy to be @ MSG
Subject: Best show of the tour so far!
Venue/Show Energy, Setlist, & Sound. A+.
Thanks again to the tapers. You all are deadicated and awesome!
Please guys keep on truckin and do a fall tour.
Subject: The greatest so far...
This MSG show was bleeding energy even before I heard these tapes...following along with the various twitter feeds from that evening, I could tell something special was going on.
The tapes from this show are just so sweet and big respects to all the tapers providing this service. This Sugaree was one of the finest I've ever heard. What an energy this band is showing right now. The entire show rocked and I'm just so thankful to be able to listen.
To all attending these shows, you'll never have any idea how envious I am. Enjoy your rides...
Subject: WOW tapers you ssooooo ROCK
I can hardly keep the smile off my face as I am listening to He's Gone and the crowd singing along making the magic as Phil is wont to say... ok yes I am singing too :)
Thank you tapers you are doing a great thing that maybe society at large doesn't respect but to us DeadHeads you people are HEROS, keepers of the sacred fires, watchmen on the Wall. Epic acts
of courage,getting the equipent ,huge expense, I would think,going early to set up, getting it all together and uploaded in DAYS maybe even from the ROAD!!! THANK YOU from my DeadHead heart
Subject: I am a changed man.
Subject: thanks for the magic
Subject: Jerry would be proud...
In all my years at MSG as a concert goer, I have never experienced such a packed house. The aisles turned to standing room. The crowd gets first thumbs up, energetic and involved, I even saw a security guard smile as he hit a giant floating balloon.
As for the music, set 1 was outstanding, China Cat, play me one note and I am happy, play for over 11 minutes I am happier.
Shakedown-Ship of Fools-He's Gone...like Ewing having a triple double in the playoffs, the crowd responded accordingly. Imagine 20,000 deadheads singing "oooooo...nothing's gonna bring him back...." If I were the Academy, He's Gone would get the Oscar for "Best Song of the Night"
Jerry would be proud.
Even the drums, which we sat roughgly 20 feet from Mickey, was a different experience. Sounds like a Floyd show at first, built into a percussion parade. My right ear is still recovering.
Rather than rave about every song for Set 2 (minus Phil's voice) Set 2 was solid.
I think the overall highlight was St. Stephen. With a 20 minute lull, hearing the opening riff was a much needed burst of energy. Once the band joined....well...Jerry would be proud.
Gimme Shelter, gimme 8 minutes of a great cover.
Ending on a sad note, the final bow was truly a pinnacle moment for the remaining members of the Grateful Dead. Even with a slight sweat, I had chills, as did most people who might never see these guys again.
They came to rock MSG, they came to give us a taste of the music we all love, they came to honor Jerry, they came to prove that the music has and will never stop...
Subject: China into Shake'
Subject: MSG The Dead Are Never Dead.
Warren was hidden, and popped in and out, shining moments of greatness. He did not over play, or sound like the Allman's. The four Back line was a Machine. PHil , Bobby, Mickey, and Billy were the tree, warren was the lights. The crowd was awesome, Mcsorleys before the show was also great.... NYC and MSG is a great place to see a show. PEACE Great seeing another show with you all.
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